November is National Scholarship Month

Scholarships provide excellent opportunities to continue your education, hone in on your skills, refine teaching abilities, achieve goals, and be successful. To celebrate National Scholarship Month in November, we encourage you to apply to at least one scholarship this month. We compiled a list of professional development scholarships for educators to help you get started.

The Knowles Teacher Initiative awards fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. Fellowships are designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers through the early years of their careers. The initiative supports teachers who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as dedicated to challenging and supporting all students.

The application is due November 25, 2018, and the scholarship amount varies.


The Maley/FTEE Scholarship is awarded to a teacher of technology and engineering to support graduate-level study. The purpose is to support positive outcomes of technology and engineering education. To be eligible, applicants must be members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association and must be a technology and engineering teacher at any grade level who is beginning or continuing graduate study.

Applications are December 1, annually, and the scholarship award is $1,000.


The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished kindergarten through grade 12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena.

Fellows work in a Federal agency or in a US Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program or education policy efforts. Host agencies that have participated include the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, and NASA.

The application is due in November each year and the current deadline is November 15, 2018.


The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program supports teaching certification and a master’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) teaching field for career changers and recent graduates with STEM backgrounds. Fellows receive a stipend to complete a master’s program at a participating university, along with three years of mentoring, and commit to teach for three years in a designated high-need urban or rural secondary school. The foundation is currently recruiting fellows willing to teach in Georgia or Pennsylvania. The goal of the teaching fellowship program is to recruit, train, and retain the nation’s best and brightest STEM teachers. Fellows participate in one full-time year of coursework at a partner university of their choice, culminating in teacher certification.

Applications are due November 30, 2018, and January 31, 2019. Teachers receive a $10,000 stipend.

Earthwatch offers fellowships to classroom teachers from all subject areas in kindergarten through grade 12 to take part in field-based science and environmental research projects. To be considered, a teacher must demonstrate interest in natural and cultural conservation, sustainability, and lifelong learning. Educators should demonstrate enthusiasm for collaborating with a team of teachers from diverse backgrounds and expertise, interest in environmental issues and how scientific research is conducted, commitment to engaging their students and community inside and outside the classroom, and a desire to improve environmental or science education.

Applications must be submitted by January 10, 2019. Fellowships cover the full cost of the expedition and include meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation.


The Baker & Taylor Conference Grants are awarded to two librarians who work with or for young adults to enable them to attend the annual American Library Association Conference. One grant is given to a school librarian, and the other is given to a librarian whose focus is public libraries.

Applications are due December 1, annually, and two scholarships of $1,000 are awarded.


The A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship is awarded annually to two teachers of gifted students in kindergarten through grade 12. The scholarships are designed to support professional development and may be used to reimburse or help defray the cost of continuing education. Candidates should show excellence in teaching gifted students, ability to meet gifted students’ needs, and commitment to furthering their teaching development.

The application process will open in January 2019 and applications are due April 1, 2019.


The Robert J. Stevenson Scholarship is awarded annually to assist a classroom teacher working toward an advanced degree to enhance teacher leadership skills. Applicants may be engaged in the study of curriculum and instruction or supervision. Teachers taking coursework leading to National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification are encouraged to apply. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, or other education expenses.

Applications are due July 15, annually, and scholarships are $1,200 each.







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